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GOODOGS TREAT Dogs Snack for Dogs, Small
GOODOGS TREAT Dogs Snack for Dogs, Small
Price: 2.20

4.0 out of 5 stars Small, Small, Small and a bit Expensive, 27 Aug 2014
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When in the title of the product description on the Sales page, "small" refers not only to the size of dog that the treats are targeted for, but also to the size of the treat AND the quantity within the tub!

On opening up the tub the smell of them is quite pleasant and not too strong, and is very yummy to the dogs. The treats are nice and firm to the touch so will be ok for holding in your hand ready to treat. I did not find that there was any residue left on my fingers at all. The treats contain Pork/Chicken/Chicken Liver and Glycerene as well as the usual Fibre, Ash and Water that is present in other dog foods & treats etc. The tub needs to be stored in a dry place, out of the sun and the product appears to be made in Spain.

Each treat is small, but that is not necessarily a problem if you have a dog that savours its food and is not a gobbler, like my bigger dog, "Amber".
"Maisy", our petite Border Collie, takes treats gently and is definitely not a dog to wolf down her food. She likes to chew it and savour the food and she did the same with these treats. When out dog walking, I have met quite large dogs (eg Golden Retrievers/Greyhounds/Staffies etc) who, when offered a treat, take them equally as gently as "Maisy" (if not more so)and therefore the size of these Goodogs treats does not necessarily mean that they only apply to the small sized dogs. It depends on how your own dog approaches hand offered treats.

The guide on the tub is very hard to read as not only is the print very small, but is it yellow on green. However as a guide it says for every 10kg of the weight of the dog, you can give 10 treats a day. I would recommend that you ignore this. These are treats to use when training your dog, to reward them for correct behaviour when for example the dog comes, sits, down stay, give paw, stand etc etc. They are not designed as a food and therefore I believe that the quantity guide does not apply. I would recommend that they are only used perhaps as outdoor treats for behaviours that are difficult to train. Keep them as very special treats as encouragement.

In my opinion these treats of a good quality, but they are a bit expensive given that the contents only fill half of the easy to open tub. That is my other reason for the "small" classification. Because of the price and the meagre quantity within the tub I have only rated the product as 4 star. If the tub had been full I would have no hesitation in awarding it a good value and 5 star rating.

Ultrasport Women's Sally Rain Suit - Black, Medium
Ultrasport Women's Sally Rain Suit - Black, Medium
Offered by Ultra24Shop
Price: 64.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Ladies Rain Suit for many Applications, 9 Aug 2014
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I have to start off by saying at the time of writing this review, we are enjoying a hot dry Summer, so I can at this point in time not verify the effectiveness of the suit in keeping out the wet. However the weather forecast is predicting rain sooner rather than later so I will provide that update a little later on.

Now to tell you about everything else about this Rain Suit.

The suit was packaged as a Medium but the labels on the garment most definitely say it is a Large size!

It is quite weighty and has a real quality feel about it. It is a good dense black and has a subtle sheen to the fabric.

The Trousers have a 1 inch wide elasticated waistband, complete with an inner draw elastic for finer comfort adjustment. There is full lining to the trousers with a mesh from waist to thigh and then the rest of the leg has a normal polyester taffeta type lining. There is a Velcro tab at the hem to provide a close fit at the ankles. There are two useful side seam pockets which are nice and deep and are zipped for security/to keep the weather out. A useful hanging loop is provided on the back waist of the trousers.
The Inner Leg Length is 31 inches
The width across the thigh area from inner to outer seam is 12 inches
The width across the bottom of the trousers leg from side seam to inner leg seam is 10 inches
The waist across from side seam to side seam (un-stretched) is 16 inches

The Jacket is nicely styled with princess line front seaming and a slightly lower back edge that is gently curved. The seaming at the back is princess line too with a short line of graduating hexagons to decorate each side. The zip front has a storm flap with Velcro closure finished with a popper closure at the hem and a double popper closure at the neckline. At the inner neckline, the storm flap has nice soft lining so as to be gentle on the skin. The hood is all part of the jacket and is not detachable, so there is no danger once the hood is up over the head, of any water dripping or running down your neck. The hood has two areas of drawstring adjustment for a good fit - one around the front edge and one at the back of the hood. The jacket is fully lined with the main part of the body being of breathable mesh and the lower area being of a silky polyester. The hood area is lined with the breathable mesh. There is an inner drawstring adjustment to the hem of the jacket to create a more snug fit. The sleeves are raglan style, thus making the jacket comfortable to wear over thicker tops in the winter time. A short line of graduated hexagons adorn the front of the jacket by the raglan seaming and the sleeve cuffs are elasticated with additional adjustment in the form of Velcro tabs. Two deep front pockets are situated in the princess line seaming which have tabbed zips and storm flaps. It really is a nicely styled jacket.

Now for some measurements for you:-
Width side seam to side seam under the arms is 24 inches
Width of the bottom hem from side to side is 25 inches
Length from back neck to hem is 29 inches
From under arm to cuff the sleeve measures 21 inches

All in all this is a very useful rain suit whether walking the kids to school, cycling, out rambling or dog walking as well as jogging or running to keep fit. It would be useful for the lady golfer too.

As mentioned earlier I will have to report back as to how waterproof the suit is. Not only is the weather warm and dry at time of the review, but the swing tag on the product says it is 'wind and water resistant' but on the manufacturer's sewn in label on the jacket, it states the garment is 'waterproof, breathable and windproof'.

I wear size 16 jeans and the trousers fitted over them very comfortably.

I would say that this Rain Suit is a handy addition to any wardrobe

Mr Muscle Oxy Stain Remover Fresh Scent
Mr Muscle Oxy Stain Remover Fresh Scent
Offered by BuyAllMeans
Price: 8.53

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely useful Product for Pet Owners, 8 Aug 2014
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I have always found the Mr Muscle range of household products to do exactly what they are supposed to do. As an owner of two dogs, it is essential to have a good product for any accidents that may occur from time to time. More than that, it is even better to have a product especially manufactured for dog and cat mishaps.

Luckily I do not have to cope with urine or faeces problems in the house because the dogs are housetrained and are in the best of health. However, there are occasions when unfortunately they have been sick on our light coloured carpet. This product has worked well and really does have a nice light fresh smell to it. There is no ammonia in the ingredients so it does not exacerbate any odour deposited by the bodily fluid from the dog. Neither is there any bleach and therefore did not have any adverse lightening of the carpet colour.

It is so easy to use. Just blot and/or remove any solid waste, then saturate the soiled area with the Mr Muscle. Leave for three to five minutes for it to penetrate then blot with a cloth to remove excess moisture. The process can be repeated as required, but then the area must be left to dry naturally, then once completely dry, can be vacuumed. Depending on the size of the area to be treated, you have a choice of spray or single stream. It is wise to test your carpet or furniture fabric for colour fastness in a hidden area before using the Mr Muscle.

Our older dog has a tendency to dribble and this sometimes leaves marks on the carpet, but it was not a problem for Mr Muscle!! If I have occasion to use it because of a urine or faeces deposit indoors then I will submit an addition to this review.

BRITA Fill&Go Water Filter Bottle Incl. 4 Filter Discs - Green
BRITA Fill&Go Water Filter Bottle Incl. 4 Filter Discs - Green
Price: 11.49

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 31 July 2014
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Absolutely useless!!

I was eager to try this product, as I am endeavouring to drink more water on a regular basis. Being made by well known Brita, I did not think that the product would have any problems.

It arrived neatly packaged complete with instructions and the 4 Filters. I did as instructed and rinsed the disc thoroughly, unscrewed the cap, put the filter into the allotted space, left the straw as it was on arrival, filled the bottle with water, screwed the top back on firmly and looked forward to a nice cool drink!

It was not to be - just a mere dribble of water came out, not enough for an ant to drink!

So I re-read the instructions (I had done what they said), but nevertheless took it all apart and started again. This time I took out the straw. Alas, still no water to drink just a dribble. I sucked and put my head right back, so far that some water dripped out of the vent hole!

I therefore rate this product as a waste of money and totally, totally useless!

IF it had worked it would have been useful in the garden and in the car because it is just too big and cumbersome to carry when out and about (eg dog walking).

It is a great shame and I feel that to save their name Brita should recall these from all their retail outlets.

UPDATE 09/08/2014
Well, I have soaked the filter for this bottle for a longer time and I can now report that it is possible to suck out a lot more water, but it is hard work and not like drinking from a normal bottle. Despite having more success, I did find that the water would still not come out if the 'straw' was in place. However in my opinion the 'straw' is surplus to requirements anyway.
None of this has changed my feelings in that this item really is a waste of money and just too expensive to maintain. If I now use it, I will certainly not be changing the filters on a weekly basis.

Far From You
Far From You
by Tess Sharpe
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Storyline, 31 July 2014
This review is from: Far From You (Paperback)
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This is a book that draws you in at the very first page. Here we get a glimpse into two seriously traumatic events in the short life of Sophie Winters. First it is the car accident she was involved in when she was just fourteen years of age. Sophie received life changing injuries. The second event is when she is a passenger in a car driven by best friend Mina. On this occasion it is not Sophie who is the victim, but Mina. Mina is dead!

Sophie has been a drug addict but it is now drug free and has been for 9 months, 2 days and 6 weeks. This is important to Sophie and it is important to you the reader, which you will understand as you progress through this compelling book.

Mina has been dead for 4 months. She was murdered and Sophie is determined to found out why and by whom. In trying to do so, she gets the cold shoulder by the police. In Sophie's opinion the police are not working hard enough to find the murderer, which makes her even more determined to do so and get justice for Mina. Sophie herself is put in danger and all this while she is not in a good place herself. In fact Sophie is in a very bad place because she has not only lost her soul mate, Mina, but no one is taking Sophie seriously. Who can she trust? Will she solve the case.

The story is told in alternate chapters being past and present. This style in no way detracts from the story or makes it in any way difficult to read, because past and present is all entwined to cleverly create the whole book.

As a debut novel I feel it is very impressive. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to others from this young author.

The book is aimed at Young Adults, so I would say from about 15 or 16 years onwards. I am far from young and I really enjoyed it and I hope you will too.

The Guilty One
The Guilty One
by Lisa Ballantyne
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book - a real page-turner!, 29 July 2014
This review is from: The Guilty One (Paperback)
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I could not put this book and was right in it from page 1.

The storyline of the book revolves around Daniel Hunter, who is a partner in a London based Law Firm. He is a Solicitor who mainly defends juveniles - usually teenagers. On this occasion Daniel has been called to Islington Police Station, where an eleven year old called Sebastian, is being held for questioning on suspicion of being involved in the murder of another little boy called Ben Stokes. Ben was eight years old and was found dead in the corner of a local playground. Also present is Charlotte Croll, Sebastian's mother, who comes across as a little bit strange and nervous, which is just the opposite of the accused, Sebastian, who is ultra confident, verging on precocious. Later on in the story we meet Kenneth Croll, the overpowering father of Sebastian. A man who thinks that money can buy anything. This story continues as any murder investigation would and along the way we meet the QC and are there in the cells with Daniel and Sebastian and in the Court with Judge and Jury.

Alongside the murder trial, is the other side of Daniel Hunter - his childhood story and how it has resulted in him specialising in the defence of young offenders. We live with Daniel the boy, with his insecurities, his problems, his hopes and fears. We meet Minnie who truly loved Daniel and only wanted what was best for him, but in doing so made a dreadful mistake, a dreadful error of judgement and one that he could not forgive. What did she do?

These two storylines are told in alternating chapters through the book. This is in no way distracts from either and works very well. Could you do what Daniel did? Would you have forgiven Minnie? Was Daniel right to defend young Sebastian? Is the young boy guilty?

To tell you more about "The Guilty One" would be to spoil the book for you to read. I could not put it down and I don't suppose you will either. As each page is read you will want to read on to find out more.

This is Lisa Ballantyne's first novel and I am sure will be a success and therefore not be her last. It is very cleverly written and is very current if the day and age we live in.

Rapesco Stapler, Heavy Duty Stapler Zero-01
Rapesco Stapler, Heavy Duty Stapler Zero-01
Price: 30.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Sleek, Streamlined and Smart, 4 July 2014
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It is easy to think, 'well a stapler is a stapler - a home or office utility item'. Not so, think again, this is the Rolls Royce of Staplers. I wish I'd had one of these in the office where I worked! Mind you, it would have had to be chained to my desk or it would have walked. You know what large offices are like, nothing is sacred.

The silver colour and the sleek good looks of this Rapesco Stapler would fit right in with the MD's office. It is most definitely heavy duty and being of a heavy weight will not be falling off the desk or flipping over when in use.

It has a very smooth action and no effort is needed. It is very comfortable to use. I broke my wrist 12 months ago, and because I am not in the flush of youth, have been left with some weakness, however there was no difficulty in using this Stapler.

Filling the staples is easy, just put your thumb or finger on the black button located at the rear of the Stapler, and press down. The channel is then released and can be refilled with staples. Just pop them in, legs downward and push the channel back in until it clicks. Done and ready for use again!

Papers can be stapled close closed or wide temporary. Just look under the machine, press the little steel sunken button up, and then you can turn round the stapling plate to choose the manner in which you want to staple your papers.

The underside of the Stapler base is nicely ridged so as to stay firm in use and not slip around. Also underside is a little label area so you can personalise it against your colleagues misappropriating it!

What I particularly like is that if you want to staple something more in than on the edge of a sheet of paper you can do with this as it has a deeper 'throat' than the little staplers.

The length of the base of this Stapler is 9 inches and the width is 2 inches.

It is a shame that this Stapler did not come with a full box of staples, it only had 1 strip of them already in the chamber.
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Rocket Dog Womens Otzara Ballet Flats OTZAR-BLK Black 6 UK, 39 EU
Rocket Dog Womens Otzara Ballet Flats OTZAR-BLK Black 6 UK, 39 EU
Price: 18.57

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart Shiny Shoes, 26 Jun 2014
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I have always loved patent shoes. They always look smart and they go with anything for any season of the year. These shoes are no exception. I wear an English size 6 and have fairly broad feet. These shoes fit well and I think are probably the equivalent of an E fitting.

The fabric innersole is not only pretty and bright, but very comfortable. The sides of the shoes are not too shallow and give quite good support. The heel area fits snugly with no rubbing. The outer soles are totally flat, of manmade substance and are well ridged to give a good grip to the ground. The soles are also nicely flexible.

They look great with jeans and are even nice as a house shoe. Love them!

London Rebel Womens Shore Ballet Flats Gold 6 UK, 39 EU
London Rebel Womens Shore Ballet Flats Gold 6 UK, 39 EU
Price: 9.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty, Versatile Shoes, 26 Jun 2014
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I hate heavy shoes and always look for something that is not too flimsy but is lightweight. These shoes are perfect for me!
I am an English size 6 and have fairly broad feet. There is no width category to these shoes but I would estimate they are about an E. fitting.

The gold colour is not shiny and flashy, it is a nice matte finish that I find goes particularly well with dark blue denim jeans for a summery look. The shoes are nice and flexible and really comfortable with the punched design making them cool to wear. They fit well and grip nicely at the heel area with no rubbing up and down. The inner sole is comfortable and the outer sole, although man-made, there are slight ridges and seem to grip the ground well. That might change in wet weather, but as they are a summer shoe I think they will be ok.

I love these pretty, easy to wear shoes and really recommend them.

Pegasus Health Salmon Oil for dogs 1 Litre
Pegasus Health Salmon Oil for dogs 1 Litre
Price: 18.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Supplement, 26 Jun 2014
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I have been lucky enough to have the pleasure of the company of dogs since I was 8 years old. Home is not home without a dog and as we choose to bring them into our homes and lives, it is our responsibility to always do what is right for them. To love them, look after them, feed them and to keep them safe and healthy. I am therefore always keen on natural products that can be given to the dogs, to facilitate this as far as possible.

This Pegasus Health Salmon Oil fits the bill. I do not like the smell of it, but the dogs seem to find it okay and have no trouble in eating their breakfast with the Salmon Oil mixed into it. "Amber" is a 9 year old Mongrel weighing 20kg and "Maisy" is a 4 year old petite 14kg Border Collie. Both are rescue dogs that we have had for 3 years and 1 years respectively. Out of the two of them, "Maisy" is the one more prone to stomach upsets, but the Salmon Oil has not caused any problems for her at all, or for "Amber".

Being younger, "Maisy" has no mobility problems and that is how I want to keep things for her. She is a very active dog when out on walks and loves to run and play with her ball, so "Maisy" is having this supplement to keep her mobile and have strong bones.

As well as being an older dog, "Amber" does have skeletal problems in the form of Spondylosis in her spine and bilateral elbow arthritis. She finds stairs a struggle and is very careful the way she walks. She is however a dog that also like to play with other dogs and have a run around. Whilst she is prescribed Veterinary medication, because it will be forever, she is on the lowest dose possible so as to as far as possible prevent any side effects. Since being on the Salmon Oil, I have noticed that she does not seem to struggle so much on the stairs and is running around with "Maisy" for longer play times. Her front legs seem to have an easier action when pavement walking, more comfortable and more fluid.

The Salmon Oil is not thick like Cod Liver Oil, it is thinner and easier to pour - not syrupy. The quantity of oil to administer is governed by the weight of your dog and there is a little list printed on the label. For example for a medium sized dog weighing 10-20 kgs the daily dose is 5-10 mls. Neither "Amber" or "Maisy" are working dogs, however because of "Amber's" Spondylosis and Arthritis and the fact that "Maisy" is very active when out on walks, I give them each 10 mls per day. I will probably lower the dose in time gradually, the longer they are on it to then have a maintenance dosage.

The dosing mechanism is built into the bottle. There is a measure reservoir at the top where the cap is screwed on. So, to dose just unscrew the cap, keep the bottle flat and squeeze the bottle to force the liquid up into the little chamber to the required dose. If you go over, then release the pressure on the bottle to draw the excess liquid back into the bottle until the desired quantity remains. Just pour onto food and serve to your dog! .

An excellent product, and even it you do not see immediate results it will be doing them good and will not be harming them as it is not a drug.

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